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Hank Fridell

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Outside of the military, here in Custer, South Dakota 

Bachelors from Sonoma, teaching certificate from Black Hills, Masters from Colorado 

Self-published 

Being an Elementary Principal 

Educator. I started out as a Special Education teacher, became the Director of Education at a State Hospital for the disabled, became an Elementary Teacher in a public school, became a School Board Member, became an Advocate for children with disabilities, became a District Special Education Director, became an Elementary Principal for 20 years, and finally a Consultant for the State working with new Elementary Principals on Indian reservation schools.  

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2015-06-01 

Matt is 43. Jake is 37. 

Lily is 15. Sage is 13. 

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Viet Nam, Phillipines, Japan..... Canada, Mexico. 

Viet Nam 

I was in the Navy, attached to Beach Jumper Unit 1, serving two tours of duty in Viet Nam. Marianne and I have two boys and two grandchildren. We settled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where we built a home, one paycheck at a time, which is where one of my son's currently resides. I have worked in public schools in many capacities. As a Fulbright recipient I spent time in Japan studying their educational system. Marianne and I are songwriters and musicians, having performed in a variety of bands and released several CDs and cassette tapes from our recording studio http://hankandmarianne.com/. We are currently in a bluegrass band, String Tied http://stringtied.com/.

For the last 17 years we have helped with the Elders' Wisdom, Children's Song project in Spearfish and Custer http://www.elderswisdomchildrenssongsouthdakota.com/, and I help coordinate the Burning Beetle celebration in Custer https://www.facebook.com/barkbeetleblues.

My grandson and I will be back in the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area of the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming this summer, backpacking; and this Fall Marianne and I will be working in a winery in Sonoma Valley for a week, bringing home enough grapes to make a couple hundred bottles of wine.

I like projects. 

Since I was in high school, I have continued to play the banjo. It has brought me much joy and fulfillment. 

Kept my desk more tidy. 

You bet!